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Literary miscellany : everything you always wanted to know about literature

Author: Alex Palmer
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Pub., ©2010.
Series: Books of Miscellany.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Literary Miscellany is a breezy tour through the literature of today and yesterday, touching on many great classical literary works, movements, and trends. But don't fear that it's only for intellectuals--there's plenty here for the contemporary pleasure reader as well. Alex Palmer offers something for everyone, including answers to the following questions: What's the original bestseller? What authors introduced  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Trivia and miscellanea
Miscellanea
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Palmer, Alex, 1981-
Literary miscellany.
New York : Skyhorse Pub., ©2010
(DLC) 2010027205
(OCoLC)601096360
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Palmer
ISBN: 9781616080952 1616080957 9781628732214 1628732210
OCLC Number: 798644882
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (some color)
Contents: Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; INTRODUCTION; GREAT OPENERS; PART I --
WRITERS; WHAT DO HOMER AND JAY-Z HAVE IN COMMON? --
Bards and epic storytelling; HOW DID STARVING WRITERS PAY THE BILLS? --
The patrons, odd jobs, and odder merchandising of the masters; IS COFFEE OR OPIUM BETTER FOR CREATIVITY? --
Writers and their rotten habits; WHY ARE THE BEST AUTOBIOGRAPHIES SO EMBARRASSING? --
Humiliating confessions from St. Augustine to Augusten Burroughs. WHY COULDN'T F. SCOTT FITZGERALD WRITE A DECENT MOVIE? --
Hollywood adaptations and why most novelists shouldn't quit their day jobsARE SHORT STORY WRITERS LESS MATURE THAN NOVELISTS? --
Why size matters, and when a novella is really just a novel; HOW DO YOU WRITE THE GREAT AMERICAN (OR BRITISH OR FRENCH) NOVEL? --
Writing habits of the greats; PART II --
READERS; CAN BIG BOOK SALES LEAD TO MASS SUICIDE? --
The history of bestsellers from John Bunyan to Dan Brown; WHY DON'T TODAY'S WRITERS HAVE AS MANY GROUPIES AS LORD BYRON? --
The rise and fall of literary celebrity. DID ROBINSON CRUSOE TEACH JAMES FREY TO LIE? --
The long history of fake memoirs and literary hoaxesWHO'S AFRAID OF JANE AUSTEN? --
Novelists' battle for respectability; WHEN DOES BOOK BURNING ACTUALLY HELP FREE SPEECH? --
The follies of censorship and its backlash; WHAT DID CHILDREN READ BEFORE THERE WAS CHILDREN'S LITERATURE? --
The battle for fun in kids' books, from hornbooks to Harry Potter; PART III --
WORKS; WHO ELEVATED INSULTS TO AN ART FORM? --
When authors attack (with invective and satire); WHAT MAKES SOMETHING ODE-WORTHY? --
The surprising range of the lyrical poem. WHEN DID LITERATURE FINALLY GET SEXY? --
How Shakespeare and others slipped sex into their worksWHY IS SATAN THE GREATEST BAD GUY EVER? --
Literary villains and why we love them; WHY DID ROMANTICS LOVE TERROR (AND NOT HORROR)? --
Gothic fiction and ghost stories; WHY DO SOME DETECTIVES USE THEIR MINDS AND OTHERS THEIR FISTS? --
The crime-solving skills of Holmes, Marlowe, and more; WHAT OTHER UNCONTROLLABLE MONSTER DID DR. FRANKENSTEIN INVENT? --
The birth and spread of science fiction; CONCLUSION: LAST WORDS; SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY.
Series Title: Books of Miscellany.
Responsibility: Alex Palmer.
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